Herds of cattle. PHOTO/PRESS POINT

By Betty Luke

Four people including three family members have been killed in a banditry attack in Degogicha, Merti where nearly 1000 animals were stolen.

According to the police, an unknown number of attackers ambushed Aliomatumalu village at around 2am killing a mother and her two children aged between one and 10 years.

The woman succumbed to gunshot wounds while being rushed to Merti Sub-County hospital while her husband sustained gunshot wounds.

The other victim is said to have been looking for his donkey that had reportedly got lost.

Isiolo County Commissioner Geoffrey Omoding said 612 shoats, 198 camels and 152 cows were stolen during the attack and that 72 camels had been recovered by Saturday afternoon.

The administrator urged residents to volunteer crucial information to assist the security team nab the criminals and trace the remaining criminals.

“The criminals might have been targeting the animals but it is sad that they shot dead innocent children while asleep,” said Mr Omoding.

The administrator appealed to the locals to ensure they lived near each other for easier response incase similar attacks happened.

“Criminals fear attacking where people are many. Residents should avoid isolated places and instead live near each other,” he said.

Mr Omoding said a contingent of police officers had been dispatched to the area to restore calm.

The attack brings to nine the total number of deaths in the last one week in Merti Sub-County.

Three died when an unknown number of attackers suspected to have come from neighboring Wajir county attacked Yamicha in the wee hours of last Friday.

One of the eight who sustained gunshot wounds succumbed to injuries while receiving treatment.

Another was killed the following day at Kom Durte, where a security operation meant to flush out armed criminals is ongoing.

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